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Forecast: Sunny, Warm & Breezy on Sunday

9:56 PM, Oct 13, 2012   |    comments
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 Sunday will be virtually rain free, with just a slight chance of showers for Polk county southwestward across Manatee, Highlands, and Sarasota counties. Otherwise, expect mostly sunny skies and a high temp around 90.  Winds will be begin to relax a bit throughout the day, but will still remain breezy with northeasterly winds up to 11 miles an hour.

Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. East northeast wind 7 to 10 mph.  Slight chance of showers extreme southern zones.

Monday A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning.

Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. North wind around 8 mph.

Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. North wind around 8 mph.

Thursday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Tropics Update    

Tropical Storm Rafael is currently moving through the Caribbean Sea, threatening the region's islands with flooding rain and damaging winds.

Rafael will likely maintain tropical storm strength before slamming into the Virgin Islands overnight, sometime after midnight.

Tropical Storm Rafael will be affecting the Virgin Islands overnight and into Sunday. Bands of rain and wind is expected to drench many of the region's islands, some to the point of flooding. Low lying areas, and those with poor drainage, such as urban areas, will be most at risk for flooding.

copious amounts of rainfall are likely due to the slow movement of the storm. Continuous rainfall in the mountainous islands could create a problem with mudslides. The strongest winds of Rafael will likely occur in the US Virgin Islands, just to the right of the storm's center. Damaging gusts past 60 miles per hour are expected, certainly fast enough to cause damage.

Rough surf will also be an issue, with waves reaching as high a 8 feet over the open water. Such surf usually brings rip currents, which can easily pull unsuspecting swimmers out to sea.

Rafael won't be finished after impacting the Antilles. The storm is currently set to impact Bermuda as early as Tuesday morning. How strong the system will be when it passes Bermuda is uncertain.  There may be a window for Rafael to strengthen to hurricane status late Monday or early Tuesday.

Rafael may then may be nearing Newfoundland on Wednesday night.

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